Bishop of Hong Kong stands tall on homosexuality

Unfortunately, people are leveraging the Synod and the words of Pope Francis against this faithful bishop.

In view of this, the bishop of Hong Kong called on Catholics to cast their ballot in upcoming District Council elections taking into account candidates’ views on gay rights. [Gutsy but necessary move by the good bishop]

Reactions to Card Tong’s stance has tended to juxtapose his position to that of Pope Francis and the recently concluded Synod, emphasising the need to end discrimination against homosexuals and to highlight the pope’s greater “openness”. [We all know we this was coming, liberals using ambiguous statements to justify their whims]

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Cardinal Arinze shows ridicule of proposals to delegate doctrine to episcopal conferences

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It’s worth re-reading a post we wrote five years ago on this topic, in which we quoted the writings of a fellow named Cardinal Ratzinger:

We must not forget that the episcopal conferences have no theological basis, they do not belong to the structure of the Church, as willed by Christ, that cannot be eliminated; they have only a practical, concrete function.

What does he mean that they have “no theological basis”? It means that they weren’t instituted by Jesus Christ.

Jesus founded the Catholic Church. He ordained the first bishops (the 12 Apostles). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Apostles ordained priests and deacons. All of this was instituted by God Himself and cannot be changed by the will of any man, woman or dog.

Nowhere did Jesus or the Holy Spirit create episcopal conferences. That’s a purely human invention. They’re not essential. They could be eliminated without compromising the Great Commission of Jesus in the slightest. They serve only practical functions like collecting funds for social justice (and even that part hasn’t worked out so good).

The notion that doctrine can be delegated to a human-made body is nothing short of schismatic because it seeks to create a federation of churches which are independent of Rome. Doctrine could be different between nations under that scheme, as Cardinal Arinze points out.

That would take the “catholic” out of our Church. As you know, “Catholic” means universal. It means that Christ and His Church are fundamentally the same across time and space. Anybody advocating the contrary is a schismatic.

Let me remind you that Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 32, spoke about the independence of episcopal conferences:

A juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated.[37] Excessive centralization, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church’s life and her missionary outreach.

This statement isn’t schismatic because it’s too vague and falls far short of the bolder proposals being put forward by the German bishops. Frankly, Pope Francis isn’t recommending anything in that paragraph. He merely laments that episcopal conferences don’t have more freedom. That’s nowhere near what the Germans are seeking, but the text is nonetheless troubling.

We need to pray and fast more. Otherwise we’ll get what we deserve.

Winnipeg Statement, the Synod, and Plan B

ROME, October 16, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago  — who is participating in the Synod of the Family at Pope Francis’ personal invitation —  said at a press scrum in the Vatican press office this afternoon that the conscience is “inviolable” and that he believes divorced and remarried couples could be permitted to receive the sacraments, if they have “come to a decision” to do so “in good conscience” – theological reasoning that he indicated in response to a follow-up question would also apply to gay couples….(Source)

I just can’t get over how Winnipeg Statement Theology from the 1960s is back with a vengeance.

As the fault lines of the Church begin to show, it will be interesting to see how Pope Francis handles this crisis.   Faithful Catholics have some options, depending on how Pope Francis responds.  Let’s all hope and pray that he does the right thing, but if he doesn’t, there are options which will be in total harmony with what the Catholic Faith teaches.

A couple of things are for certain, for me and my family:

1) We will not participate in a national church scheme.

2) We will not participate in any communion service with heretics who believe in receiving the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin.

Not that they care much about one family like mine – one of those quaint forgotten families in the 99 sheep that this Synod has almost completely ignored – but, just the same, I think it is incumbent on me to let them know.  My family and I will not play ball with any arrangement noted in #1 and #2.

We’ll simply opt for Plan B.

I was at the Synod in 2014. A few at that time raised the postulate to give Holy Communion to the divorced living in new unions and for active homosexuals.  [But] the purpose of a Synod is to confirm the teaching of the Saviour. – Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki (Source)

No kidding, eh? Interesting….in light of Akita…

Cardinal Sarah’s Zinger of a Speech

I’ll tell ya, when I read something like this….I am proud to be Catholic again!  Instead of this Synod being a “downer”, it could be a big “upper” to put down the encroachments of the deluded faction of bishops who have clearly lost their way.  In reading the various interventions, you’d think that these bishops are from different planets — certainly from different realities — although there in only one reality.

You know, there are a variety of reactions to this Synod.  There are people losing their minds.  There are people who are rather stupidly flippant about it.  There are the ostrich-pollyannas. There are people who ignore it.  And there is our reaction here:  serious concern, yes, because things CAN go south with the consequence of millions of souls in the balance.  But at the end of the day, the Holy Spirit will have his way — in whatever means He chooses to employ them.  It never occurs to the Patheos crowd that if God can talk through Balaam’s ass, he can talk through a blogger too.

Robert Cardinal Sarah
Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Text for Synod on the Family, October 2015

Your Holiness, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, participants of the Synod,
I propose these three thoughts:

1) More transparency and respect among us

I feel a strong need to invoke the Spirit of Truth and Love, the source of parresia in speaking and humility in listening, who alone is capable of creating true harmony in plurality.

I say frankly that in the previous Synod, on various issues one sensed the temptation to yield to the mentality of the secularized world and individualistic West. Recognizing the so-called “realities of life” as a locus theologicus means giving up hope in the transforming power of faith and the Gospel. The Gospel that once transformed cultures is now in danger of being transformed by them. Furthermore, some of the procedures used did not seem aimed at enriching discussion and communion as much as they did to promote a way of seeing typical of certain fringe groups of the wealthiest churches. This is contrary to a poor Church, a joyously evangelical and prophetic sign of contradiction to worldliness. Nor does one understand why some statements that are not shared by the qualified majority of the last Synod still ended up in the Relatio and then in the Lineamenta and the Instrumentum laboris when other pressing and very current issues (such as gender ideology) are instead ignored.

The first hope is therefore that, in our work, there be more freedom, transparency and objectivity. For this, it would be beneficial to publish the summaries of the interventions, to facilitate discussion and avoid any prejudice or discrimination in accepting the pronouncements of the synod Fathers.

2) Discernment of history and of spirits

A second hope: that the Synod honor its historic mission and not limit itself to speaking only about certain pastoral issues (such as the possible communion for divorced and remarried) but help the Holy Father to enunciate clearly certain truths and useful guidance on a global level. For there are new challenges with respect to the synod celebrated in 1980. A theological discernment enables us to see in our time two unexpected threats (almost like two “apocalyptic beasts”) located on opposite poles: on the one hand, the idolatry of Western freedom; on the other, Islamic fundamentalism: atheistic secularism versus religious fanaticism. To use a slogan, we find ourselves between “gender ideology and ISIS”. Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers. (Let us remember what happened last June 26!). From these two radicalizations arise the two major threats to the family: its subjectivist disintegration in the secularized West through quick and easy divorce, abortion, homosexual unions, euthanasia etc. (cf. Gender theory, the ‘Femen’, the LGBT lobby, IPPF …). On the other hand, the pseudo-family of ideologized Islam which legitimizes polygamy, female subservience, sexual slavery, child marriage etc. (cf. Al Qaeda, Isis, Boko Haram ...)

Several clues enable us to intuit the same demonic origin of these two movements. Unlike the Spirit of Truth that promotes communion in the distinction (perichoresis), these encourage confusion (homo-gamy) or subordination (poly-gamy). Furthermore, they demand a universal and totalitarian rule, are violently intolerant, destroyers of families, society and the Church, and are openly Christianophobic.

“We are not contending against creatures of flesh and blood ….” We need to be inclusive and welcoming to all that is human; but what comes from the Enemy cannot and must not be assimilated. You can not join Christ and Belial! What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion Ideologies and Islamic Fanaticism are today.

3) Proclaim and serve the beauty of Monogamy and the Family

Faced with these two deadly and unprecedented challenges (“homo-gamy” and “poly-gamy”) the Church must promote a true “epiphany of the Family.” To this both the Pope (as spokesman of the Church) may contribute, and individual Bishops and Pastors of the Christian flock: that is, “the Church of God, which he has obtained with his own blood” (Acts: 20:28).

We must proclaim the truth without fear, i.e. the Plan of God, which is monogamy in conjugal love open to life. Bearing in mind the historical situation just recalled, it is urgent that the Church, at its summit, definitively declare the will of the Creator for marriage. How many people of good will and common sense would join in this luminous act of courage carried out by the Church!

Together with a strong and clear Word of the Supreme Magisterium, Pastors have the mission of helping our contemporaries to discover the beauty of the Christian family. To do this, it must first promote all that represents a true Christian Initiation of adults, for the marriage crisis is essentially a crisis of God, but also a crisis of faith, and this is an infantile Christian initiation. Then we must discern those realities that the Holy Spirit is already raising up to reveal the Truth of the Family as an intimate communion in diversity (man and woman) that is generous in the gift of life. We bishops have the urgent duty to recognize and promote the charisms, movements, and ecclesial realities in which the Family is truly revealed, this prodigy of harmony, love of life and hope in Eternity, this cradle of faith and school charity. And there are so many realities offered by Providence, together with the Second Vatican Council, in which this miracle is offered.